When I woke up on Saturday morning, I never dreamed I would be taking a ride on a helicopter later that day. Infact, I have never ever dreamed of doing such a thing, ever. I am terrified of flying, and only fly when absolutely necessary.
I was at the Northern Ireland Countryside festival for work over the weekend. We were situated pretty close to the helicopter landing and take off area.My colleagues were ooh-ing and aah-ing over them but I had no interest. At the end of the day, our boss asked if we would like a go for a ride in one, and obviously I refused.
“You won’t get me anywhere near that thing, thanks”, was my reply.
Clearly I changed my mind though. A moment of madness came over me and I agreed to put my life in danger for 10 minutes.
The walk over to the helicopter from the entrance part was probably one of the most terrifying things of my life. To say I was a bit nervous would be an understatement, I was shitting myself! I’m a terrible worrier, and thoughts of helicopter accidents I had read about started flashing through my head.
It was amazing! It is such a strange sensation, and it doesn’t feel flying in an aeroplane at all. It took me a minute to get in to it because I was so scared, but I really enjoyed it.
I will say, I would probably never do it again, purely because I can’t help but think about things that can go wrong with a helicopter, but I’m so glad I got to experience it.